Hyperactive or just playful?

Hyperactive or just playful?

For parents, it can be tough to raise a child who misbehaves. The hardest part is the day-to-day living. From waking them up in the morning, getting them out to school on time, ensuring their homework is done and hoping you don’t have to fetch your kid from the principal’s office, it can be nerve-racking.

This is especially even more challenging for parents with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) children where they have disruptive behaviour  that can have an adverse effect on yours’ and your child’s life.

But how do you differentiate if the child has ADHD or just plain misbehaving?

Here are some signs to look out for:

  • Perpetually climbing on things
  • Does not follow simple instructions or directions
  • Fidgeting
  • Avoidance of tasks that take some time to complete
  • Difficulty paying attention

This is not an exhaustive list but if the child displays more than five of any associated symptoms, it is likely that they might fall into the category. However, hyperactivity is not easily defined. However, behaviour that seems excessive to one person may not seem excessive to the other, so some care for context and temperament must be taken when assessing a child. 

Taking care of children with ADHD can be strenuous. Everything you take for granted for your day to run smoothly can be hijacked at any moment by a strong refusal to follow instructions, insistence of doing things in their usual preferred manner, and their inability to remember basic daily instructions or rules.

ADHD in child can be detected early when parents and caregivers have access to the right tools and knowledge.

Find out more about how you can help children with a range of behavioural and social issues with CAE’s Advanced Diploma in Special Education.


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